Supervisory Computer Engineer/Computer Scientist (Cybersecurity)

Washington, D.C
Jun 24, 2022
Jun 29, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

The STAA, Innovation Lab is seeking an experienced professional to serve as an Assistant Director (Emerging Technology/Cybersecurity) to perform the following:
  • Leads the development of prototyping and testing emerging technical systems such as including digital ledger technologies such as Blockchain, cloud IT architectures, machine learning systems, and internet of things as well as technical evaluation methods and/or criteria in support of current and future audits and evaluations for key GAO mission teams.
  • Supports in developing, defining, and driving GAO's strategy with regard to the exploration and deployment of emerging technologies and technical evaluation criteria as they pertain to the future of audit.
  • Develops or acquires advanced computational architectures and/or digital accounting systems based on skills and experience in working with data representation, data structures, file systems, operating systems, computer languages, software development methodologies, and network protocols.
  • Develops advanced concepts of automation and information processing display, control, and transfer.
  • Independently performs own emerging technologies projects/projects in addition to consulting with and/or supporting others.
  • Prepares written assessments of emerging technologies pilots/projects for publication on GAO's intranet website which describes the problem, approach, and outcome of each technology tested out in the innovation lab. Works with experts outside GAO to determine best practices for emerging technologies such as Blockchain and AI as well as advanced cybersecurity criteria (such as the various practices and approaches outlined in the NIST cybersecurity framework.)
  • Reviews products for adequate coverage and supportable conclusions regarding sound engineering and/or cybersecurity methodological practices.
  • Provides expert advice, guidance and support to engagement teams across GAO on emerging technologies and/or advanced cybersecurity practices.
  • Effectively advises teams on best technical approaches to achieve quality results. Provides training to staff as required on emerging technologies and advanced cybersecurity as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (
  • Completion of a financial disclosure statement is required.
  • Completion of a probationary period is required.
  • Must meet/maintain background and suitability requirements for employment. You may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance depending on the engagements, projects, and initiatives you are assigned to.


In addition to the education requirement, applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal Service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as practical experience overseeing or leading the development, prototyping, and testing of emerging technical systems including digital ledger (blockchain), cloud-based "as-a-service" capabilities (including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), Internet of Things, robotic process automatic (RPA) and other machine learning systems, virtual/augmented realities, and 5G technologies; developing and applying cybersecurity evaluation methods and criteria; and experience guiding others to use experimental approaches to effectively develop pilots/prototoypes with emerging technologies.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must meet all the requirements before the closing date of the announcement.


This is an interdisciplinary, professional position which may be filled as an Computer Scientist or Computer Engineer.
This position has a positive education requirement. To qualify you must meet the requirements for either occupational series listed below. Documentation to verify your education MUST be submitted with your application in order to be considered.

All Engineering Professional Engineering Positions, 800 series (including 854 series):
Basic Requirements. To qualify for this occupational series, you must posses one of the following :
Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Computer Science Series, 1550 series:
Basic Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Additional information

This position is not in a bargaining unit.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

You will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, the selectee will be required to update the OF-306.

You will be subject to a determination of suitability for Federal employment.

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GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a probationary period.